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Sketchnoting with Students

Sketchnoting with Students

At a workshop in July, another teacher shared that she does “Graffiti Notes” with her students. I have been calling them “Picture Notes” for decades. Now, all over the education world, “Sketchnoting” is the word. Most of the folks I know who sketch, do so on an iPad … mostly using Procreate … and make beautiful pieces of digital art. But as much as I have digitized my life, I have not been able to give up my Sakura PIGMA…

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Teacher Feature: Eric Garcia

Teacher Feature: Eric Garcia

For our inaugural YouTube  “Teacher Feature”, we called on our buddy Eric Garcia.  We love Eric’s enthusiasm for teaching and how much he cares about people (especially the little ones). We had a great time talking about his experiences in primary classrooms,  Google Geo Tools, technology fails, and he shared an awesome new Doc Add-on with us! Eric teaches 2nd grade in McFarland, California (just north of Bakersfield). We met him at Google’s Geo Tools Institute this past summer and…

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I STILL Love BreakoutEDU

I STILL Love BreakoutEDU

When I first met James Sanders (and his dung beetle), it was January of 2015. We were in Las Vegas, and this was Ro’s and my very first EdTechTeam Summit. There’s a lot more funny backstory to that first Summit (it’s been told and will continue to be told, but let’s just say that we truly didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into and arrived… umm… illprepared? for a full day of learning), but this blog post is not…

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Design Your Own Digital Planbook

Design Your Own Digital Planbook

I currently use Planboard as my digital planbook and it works fantastically especially for leaving sub plans. However, I wanted to be able to customize it more to fit my schedule and it is set-up in sections which is not very elementary friendly. In addition, its week and month view still need work for it is hard to view on different devices. I do love that you can create units and have access to your Google Drive but the set-up…

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Bridging the Divide

Bridging the Divide

So. Yesterday was a PD day in our district. We are lucky enough to have an administrative team that understands the value of “Choose Your Own PD” (most of the time 😉 ) rather than making us all sit through the same presentation, and we had a day full of 50-minute sessions that covered PE, our new ELA/ELD adoption, break-out grade level PLCs, and technology (YAY!). Ro and I were “split up” – she worked with K-2 while I worked…

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Microblogs about the Bakersfield EdTechTeam Summit

Microblogs about the Bakersfield EdTechTeam Summit

I have really enjoyed using PicCollage‘s new app called Pic Kids to document and blog about what I have been learning and doing this summer. I am very thankful that Ann Kozma got me hooked on this! Microblogging has truly been a great way to share my adventures without having to use my computer or trying to set time aside to write a full blog post…like I am doing right now LOL!  It is so simple and easy to use. I love…

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Different ways to use Padlet in the classroom.

Different ways to use Padlet in the classroom.

Padlet is a virtual bulletin board that shows responses/resources to be posted in real time.   I am fond of and am a big advocate of all of the GSuite tools. However, my favorite tool is Padlet! Padlet is the hub, the home page, the museum of digital artifacts posted from many artists. I 💗 Padlet! New Features Did you know that Padlet added some new features this past May? Before the update, you could choose to display your responses…

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Flipgrid is Flippin’ Awesome!

Flipgrid is Flippin’ Awesome!

Good morning! Just a quick drive-by to offer up some work for you to do. 🙂 Because: If you haven’t used Flipgrid yet, you need to. Here’s an opportunity to try it from a student’s perspective. You’re helping me out! It’s summer and I’m nosey. All of the above. I’m also practicing with embedding something (this Flipgrid “Card”) on our blog. Ever learning!

Circling Around Again

Circling Around Again

Ro & I have had a few “back where we started” moments in our 2.5-year-long EdTech adventures. Our first was being presenters at the EdTechTeam Summit in Las Vegas January of 2016. A year before, we’d driven the 5 hours to Sin City, not knowing how incredibly excited we would be by the end of the weekend and how it would change our lives – for the better. Having the opportunity – and confidence in our skills – to present…

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K-2 Really Can Too!

K-2 Really Can Too!

As a teacher, trainer, and presenter, I embrace what our primary teachers do for their young students. I know sometimes I think: what could those younger students do? How could they create and demonstrate their learning? How can I help to support those teachers? When I found out about #K2CanToo conference, I noticed that we, TechFairies, had missed the deadline to submit our sessions. Yet, this opportunity would not go unnoticed. So I printed the event flyer and distributed to…

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